Times: How White Evangelicals’ Vaccine Refusal Could Prolong the Pandemic

NY Times, April 5, 2021
How White Evangelicals’ Vaccine Refusal Could Prolong the Pandemic
By Elizabeth Dias and Ruth Graham
http://www.marxmail.org/msg174268.html
Stephanie Nana, an evangelical Christian in Edmond, Okla., refused to get a Covid-19 vaccine because she believed it contained “aborted cell tissue.”

Nathan French, who leads a nondenominational ministry in Tacoma, Wash., said he received a divine message that God was the ultimate healer and deliverer: “The vaccine is not the savior.”

Lauri Armstrong, a Bible-believing nutritionist outside of Dallas, said she did not need the vaccine because God designed the body to heal itself, if given the right nutrients. More than that, she said, “It would be God’s will if I am here or if I am not here.”

The deeply held spiritual convictions or counterfactual arguments may vary. But across white evangelical America, reasons not to get vaccinated have spread as quickly as the virus that public health officials are hoping to overcome through herd immunity.

The opposition is rooted in a mix of religious faith and a longstanding wariness of mainstream science, and it is fueled by broader cultural distrust of institutions and gravitation to online conspiracy theories. The sheer size of the community poses a major problem for the country’s ability to recover from a pandemic that has resulted in the deaths of half a million Americans. And evangelical ideas and instincts have a way of spreading, even internationally.

There are about 41 million white evangelical adults in the U.S. About 45 percent said in late February that they would not get vaccinated against Covid-19, making them among the least likely demographic groups to do so, according to the Pew Research Center.

“If we can’t get a significant number of white evangelicals to come around on this, the pandemic is going to last much longer than it needs to,” said Jamie Aten, founder and executive director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College, an evangelical institution in Illinois.

As vaccines become more widely available, and as worrisome virus variants develop, the problem takes on new urgency. Significant numbers of Americans generally are resistant to getting vaccinated, but white evangelicals present unique challenges because of their complex web of moral, medical, and political objections. The challenge is further complicated by longstanding distrust between evangelicals and the scientific community.

Why Trump’s evangelical fans think God wants them to defy lockdowns 

 

One would remain indifferent to evangelical christians were it not that their views are so toxic they deserve to run out of town for good.
Zionism, Evangelical Christianity, and the Trump dot.gov all seem to be doing their best to self-destruct: Israel, Christianity and the US/Trump realms are strangely becoming revolutionary via anti-revolution: we are essentially without a rationale for Israel, Christian monotheism and American crypto-fascist government..

Source: ‘An amped-up War on Christmas’: Why Trump’s evangelical fans think God wants them to defy lockdowns – Alternet.org

Evangelicals Vote, “Nones” Falter

I think it’s a shame that “nones” mostly shrug while white evangelicals throw themselves into elections. Nonreligious Americans tend to hold liberal, compassionate, progressive views, and if their full potential could be realized, the nation’s values would improve.Prodding “nones” to become politically active – to show them the importance of democracy involvement – should be a top goal of the secular movement.

Source: Evangelicals Vote, “Nones” Falter